Fairfield Engineering Capstone Project Offers Comfort to Children with Autism

Management of Technology (MOT) master’s degree candidates John Finazzo and Ranjana Patankar designed a unique multi-sensory vest to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) cope with sensory processing issues. Although symptoms vary greatly from person to person, research shows that 95% of autistic individuals have sensory processing issues in which the brain incorrectly interprets information received from the environment.

While this capstone project marked the successful completion of the MOT program for both Finazzo and Patankar, development of their unique multi-sensory vest is continuing.